Should Brighton make a move for City star Patrick Roberts as Solly March's replacement?

Brighton’s Solly March has been ruled out with injury.

According to Brighton & Hove Albion’s official website, exciting winger Solly March has been ruled out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament.

The talented youngster has been one of Brighton’s best players in a so far unforgettable campaign for the Seagulls, scoring three goals and adding a further assist in 13 Championship matches.

The 21-year-old has an abundance of ability, and his trickery and endeavour on the wing has given Chris Hughton’s side a real threat in the final third and a keen contributor to their defensive shape.

March picked up his injury in the 2-2 draw at promotion rivals Derby County at the weekend, and he will be a big miss for the South Coast club as they challenge for an automatic promotion spot.

Rajiv van La Parra replaced March at Derby and went on to score. However, the Wolves loan star returns to Molineux in early January and his exit will leave Brighton short on wide players.

Hughton may need to do business in January, and one player that could represent a fantastic opportunity for Brighton is Manchester City youngster Patrick Roberts.

The 18-year-old joined City from Fulham last summer for an eight-figure fee, as reported by the Guardian, and is extremely highly-rated by the coaching staff at the Etihad Stadium.

Roberts has Championship experience, having featured 17 times for Fulham last season, and he is internationally recognised having won 12 caps for the England U19 side.

Predominantly a winger but also capable of playing further infield, he would provide Brighton with a decent attacking option and versatility in the final third.

Roberts is currently playing among the City youth sides, yet he has appeared in the Premier League this season and there are no qualms about his physicality or whether he is ready to step up.

Therefore Brighton would be wise to try to bring him in on loan until the end of the season.

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